Enjoying time with the Hmong Hilltribe ladies in the mountain village of Sapa - North Vietnam.
Pallu Design grew out of our life-long passion for vibrantly colourful and traditional textiles, collected from our many travels to Asia, including Turkey and Afghanistan in the 70’s, India, South East Asia, Morocco and Europe. We are constantly blown away by the creativity, organic designs, traditional motifs and rich culture of the ethnic lifestyle, woven into the fabrics of everyday lives.
We chose 'Pallu' as it is the intricate, highly decorative end piece of a shawl or Indian sari, used by a woman as a protective cover for her head and baby - a fabric of beauty, nurture and functionality.
My name is Lakshmi and I have a lifetime of stitching, spinning, weaving and textile crafting experience and a deep appreciation of the design and labour involved in creating these fabrics. My husband Sno’s background in art, photography and graphic design equips him well to capture the moods and moments of the unique situations we find ourselves in.
These days we get to travel to the source of the exceptional hand made fabrics we love, to explore the details of how they are designed, made and worn. Our journeys have taken us to far flung towns and villages in deserts and mountains, where we have met the most beautiful creative artisans and their families. Some of these jaunts prove to be quite challenging, but we usually find that this enhances the amazing experience immensely!
We work closely with local craftspeople, using their skills and exquisite local fabrics to create individualised pieces made either with their designs or our own and emphasising a high quality finish. We feel that the best way to support the artisans is to collect their craft and make it available for you to enjoy. While interacting with the villagers as much as possible we are able to capture photos and stories that we bring to our website blog so that you can share our experiences.
We presently share our time between Cairns and India, South East Asia and Europe. We invite you to share this wealth of color and traditional design as you indulge your love of natural fabrics and handmade designs from Pallu Design.
By your appreciation and enjoyment of rich cultural textile arts, you are ensuring the continuation of these traditions!
Lakshmi and Sno
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